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12:30 AM ET, June 15, 2009


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Michael J. Totten:
Insurrection: Day 2  —  The great Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski witnessed and wrote about dozens of revolutions in the course of his life.  He has, perhaps, seen more revolutions than anyone in the history of the world.  He knew, while he lived, revolutions better than anyone.
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Rovian Islamist  —  Ahmadinejad's bag of tricks is eerily like that of Karl Rove - the constant use of fear, the exploitation of religion, the demonization of liberals, the deployment of Potemkin symbolism like Sarah Palin: … Think of this regime as Cheney and Rove in a police state setting, and you see what's been going on.
Martina Stewart / CNN:
Pence: Obama should speak out in favor of Iranian reformers
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Niac / niacINsight:
Liveblogging election unrest, day two
Benjamin Joffe-Walt /   Iran: “Government banks and buildings were torched”
Max Boot / Commentary:
The Bright Side of Ahamdinejad's “Win”  —  On the principle of “the worse the better” for our enemies-and, make no mistake, Iran is our enemy-it is possible to take some small degree of satisfaction from the outcome of Iran's elections.  —  If the mullahs were really canny, they would have let Mousavi win.
Gateway Pundit:
OUTRAGE!... CBS: “Meet Iran's George W. Bush” (Ahmadinejad!) ...  Update: Bush's Message to the Iranian People  —  CBS compares Iran's Holocaust denier, womens right's abuser, America-hating radical to George W. Bush.  —  CBS republishes vile New Republic article—  Meet Iran's George W. Bush
Kristina Wong / Political Punch:
Iran: The View from the White House  —  The White House has not issued a statement expressing support for the protestors declaring the election illegitimate.  But neither has anyone in the Obama administration said a public word accepting the legitimacy of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Video: Iranian thugs beat protester to death in broad daylight  —  There's no official confirmation that he died but that's the word on the street.  Best-case scenario is that they “merely” beat him into unconsciousness.  Rather than give you just the video of the beating, though …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
CNN producer: Iranian students say they're doomed if Obama accepts the Iranian election  —  Much depends on the meaning of “accepts,” though, doesn't it?  I'm sure we'll get some patented Hopenchange drivel tomorrow about “grave concerns,” etc, but if Iran's kids are expecting The One to walk away …
Dave Price / Dean's World:
The High Cost Of Accommodation
Discussion: The Rhetorican
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Most Israelis could live with a nuclear Iran: poll
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Winds of Change?  —  Twenty years ago, I wrote a book about the Middle East, and recently I was thinking of updating it with a new introduction.  It was going to be very simple — just one page, indeed just one line: “Nothing has changed.”  —  It took me two days covering the elections in Beirut to realize that I was dead wrong.
June 14: Biden, Murphy, Scarborough
Letter from Tehran: The day after  —  Editor's note …
Discussion: NO QUARTER
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Biden Questions Vote but Sticks to Policy on Iran
Discussion: The New Republic and The Cable
New York Times:
Unrest in Iran Deepens as Leading Critics Are Detained
Daniel Terdiman /
‘#CNNFail’: Twitterverse slams network's Iran absence
Ayatollahs Protest Election Fraud  —  [TEHRAN BUREAU] Mir Hossein Mousavi's, the main reformist rival to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, letter to the important ayatollahs in the holy city of Qom, asking them to protest the fraud and declare it against Islam, has sparked protests by the ayatollahs and clerics as well.
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Freed From Guantánamo, Uighur Muslims Bask in Bermuda  —  AN OCEAN IDYLL Salahidin Abdulahat, left, and Khaleel Mamut swam in the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday in Bermuda.  The Uighur Muslims, recently freed from captivity at Guantánamo Bay, have been resettled in Bermuda.
Michelle Shephard / Toronto Star:
From hell to paradise for ex-Gitmo detainees
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jennifer Rubin / Commentary:
That Was Then  —  I thought it would be interesting to go back to then-candidate Barack Obama's speech to an AIPAC [in 2008] forum in 2007 to see what he said then and what agenda he was presenting to the voters.  He had this to say about Iran: … In 2008 just after clinching the nomination he had this to say:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Will Hutton / Guardian:
Paul Krugman's fear for lost decade  —  As analysts and media hailed the tentative emergence of green shoots last week, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman caused international shock with a prediction that the world economy would stagnate just as badly, and for just as long, as Japan's did in the 1990s.
Full text of Netanyahu's foreign policy speech at Bar Ilan  —  Honored guests, citizens of Israel.  —  Peace was always the desire of our people.  Our prophets had a vision of peace, we greet each other with peace, our prayers end with the word peace.  This evening we are in the center named …
Discussion: Power Line, Commentary and Mondoweiss
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Sleeping With The Enemy  —  In case you are wondering why conservative rhetoric remains dominant and Democrats operate from exactly the same assumptions as Republicans, perhaps this is a clue: … There you have it.  The GOP messaging expert is advising both parties.
Discussion: Open Left and The Sideshow
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
Can Leon Panetta move the C.I.A. forward without confronting its past?  —  The Central Intelligence Agency typically fights distant enemies, but on May 21st its leaders were preoccupied with a local opponent.  A few miles from the agency's headquarters, which are in Langley, Virginia …
EU Presidency Statement concerning the Iranian Presidential elections  —  The Presidency of the Council of the EU closely followed the course of the Presidential elections held on 12 June 2009 and notices Mr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected for the second term as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Discussion: ATTACKERMAN and Weasel Zippers
Krooney / The Page:
Stimulus Concession  —  Biden tells “Meet the Press” that “everyone guessed wrong” on the impact of the stimulus, economy was worse off than anyone thought.  —  Backs away from the estimate that the funds could create or save 3.5 million jobs, instead promises 600,000 by the end of the summer.
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Eye-Opening Earmarks  —  A brewing ethics controversy in the House
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Nicholas Kristof / Nicholas D. Kristof:
Iran's Crossroads  —  Right now I desperately wish I were in Iran.
Discussion: TPMCafe
Megan Garvey / L.A. Now:
Mayors criticize Justice Department support for Defense of Marriage Act [Updated]
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
The Real Results?  —  This is hearsay - but under conditions …
Discussion: and ATTACKERMAN
Tony Mauro / The BLT:
Justice Ginsburg Welcomes Sotomayor Nomination
Nicholas D. Kristof / New York Times:
Drugs Won the War